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September 23, 1998 – September 27, 1999
American History Museum
12th and Constitution Ave., NW
Location: 1st Floor, West Wing, SI Libraries Gallery
This exhibition features images from Curtis's comprehensive 20-volume study The North American Indian (1907-1930) and examines the personal and professional struggles he faced in producing his landmark work. Other highlights include Curtis's own Reversible Back 6 1/2-by-8 1/2 inch Premo camera, printing blocks of American Indian musical scores, a field tent set up as a portable photo studio similar to one used by Curtis at his campsites, and glass-plate negatives of the kind used by Curtis.
This is a Smithsonian Institution Libraries exhibition.